About the Japan Academy of Learning Disabilities (JALD), a general incorporated association

JALD is an academic research body established in 1992 and is aimed at improving the quality of education for children (and adults) with learning disabilities, etc., and enhancing their welfare, along with progressing research, clinical practice, and education relating to developmental disabilities such as learning disabilities and the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It became a general incorporated association on April 1, 2009, thereby taking its present name. JALD’s membership consists of practitioners and researchers in education, psychology, medical treatment, welfare, and government, along with parents, caregivers, etc.

Full members: 10,208 Honorary members: 21 Institutional members: 47 Supporters: 2 (institutions)

(As of Apr 1, 2019)


JALD’s aim is to progress research, clinical practice, and education related to developmental disabilities, such as learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as improving the quality of education for children (and adults) with learning disabilities and enhancing their welfare.


  1. JALD conducts research conferences wherein members can present their research outcomes and clinical or educational practice, etc., and get to know about others’ results.
  2. JALD conducts workshops and open symposiums to improve the qualities and skills of members.
  3. JALD publishes a quarterly journal entitled LD Kenkyuu (learning disability research) to publicize the results of members’ research and practice.
  4. JALD issues a quarterly newsletter to enable members to stay abreast of the latest information relating to learning disabilities, etc.
  5. In collaboration with the Japan Association of the Special Educational Needs Specialist, a general incorporated association, JALD is involved in the certification of Special Educational Needs Specialists (SENSs).
  6. JALD seeks to widen its collaboration with other groups involved in activities related to learning disabilities in Japan and overseas.
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